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Year 1 - Lavender

Dear Lavender Class,

Thank you for visiting our class page. I will try my best to put new and exciting things on it as often as I can so please come back and visit it when you can. If you think of anything that you would like to have on our page then please let me know.

Love from Miss Jennings smiley

PS Remember your e-safety rules before clicking on any of the internet links on this page. More information about our Lavender e-safety rules are below. For other information on how to stay safe, visit the main school e-safety page.

E-safety in Lavender class

Lavender Class Acceptable Use Policy

  1. Ask an adult to stay with you and help to keep you safe.
  2. Keep water bottles far away from computers.
  3. Use the laptops, computers and tablets gently and carefully.
  4. Only talk to people you know in real life. Strangers are not always nice!
  5. Never share things about your life such as where you live or your phone number.
  6. Use nice words and be polite. Leave nice comments to make the readers happy.
  7. Only play on things that are okay for your age.
  8. Tell an adult if you see anything that makes you feel weird.
  9. Keep passwords a secret.
  10. Be smart! You need to remember your e-safety rules at home and at school.

Lavender acceptable use policy as a video

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Filmed using a voice changer and the tellagami app

E-Safety Song

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Use this song to help you remember your e-safety rules.

Advice from your classroom technology equipment

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Parents Section

General Class Information

 

  • Class Teacher: Miss Jennings
  • PPA Cover Teacher: Mrs Fender
  • Other adults in Lavender class: Mrs Palmer, Mrs Kidby, Miss French
  • PE is on Monday morning and Thursday morning
  • English homework in Year One is daily reading.
    • Please try to write in your child's reading diary when you hear them read at home.
  • Maths homework in Year One is set through the My Maths website.
    • I will let your child know when another task has been set.
  • Please remember that water bottles should only contain water

For more information about how to help your child at home, please visit our Key Stage One Curriculum page:

What is your child learning at school

 

Please click below to see our Autumn Term overview and our Autumn Termly letter:

Please click below to see our Spring Term overview and our Spring Termly letter:

Please click below to see our Summer Term overview and our Summer Termly letter:

Parent Messages

 

  1. Termly letters are now out (see above links)
  2. Please remember to download our new Balliol school app.
  3. Breakfast bagels are available from the playground each morning from 8.30 - 8.45am.
  4. Book fayre is here from 12th June in the swimming pool corridor
  5. Scruffy mufti art day is on Friday 21st June
  6. Summer fayre is on Saturday 28th June
  7. School photos are on Monday 1st July
  8. Sports day is on Friday afternoon 5th July
  9. Proms on the field and enterprise is on Monday 15th July

How to get the Balliol app

Children's Section

Our Three Class Rules

NED

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Never give up. Encourage others. Do your best!

English

 

Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your English work.

Maths

 

Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your Maths work.

Autumn Topic - Into the Enchanted Forest

 

Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your topic work.

Spring Topic – Moon Zoom

 

Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your topic work.

Summer Topic - Splish, Splash, Splosh

 

Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your topic work.

Our Class Diary

Week Commencing 3rd September 2018

We had our first week in Lavender class. We  had fun getting to know all of our new friends and teachers. We did lots of counting in maths and we also started to learn how to form our letter shapes correctly. We also read a great book called 'Cleversticks.' It taught us that we are all good at different things and if we work together, we can learn new things as a team. 

 

Week Commencing 10th September 2018

We read a great book this week called 'Five Minutes Peace.' It told us all about a family of elephants. We then had fun learning about each others families. In maths, we explored numbers to 10 and how you can represent this in lots of different ways. For example, we explored 10 jumps, 10 claps, 10 blocks, 10 stories, 10 pencils etc. We also started to learn how to write numerals to 10. In science we learned about different body parts and started to learn about our senses. 

Exciting Friday update! We had a message in our classroom asking us to go outside. When we went out, we found a glittery letter hidden in one of our trees. When we read it, we discovered that it was from the fairies and elves. It told us that they had moved into our school and wanted to stay for the year but they could only do that if we made their King and Queen happy by completing some challenges. The first challenge was an invitation to go and see where they lived in the forest and collect some forest artefacts such as leaves and acorns. When we went back into our classroom, we found that it had been covered in glitter and a mysterious box had been delivered.

Week Commencing 17th September 2018

On Monday, we went to the forest. Here are some of the things that we saw:

When we got back from the forest, we explore the things that we had collected using our senses and wrote about our trip. We also looked carefully at the things using magnifying glasses, painted pictures of leaves, did some wax crayon leaf rubbings and drew observational sketches. After this, we opened the mysterious box that had been delivered to the classroom. Inside it, we found an envelope with some challenges. It asked us to read the story of Hansel and Gretel, work on directions so that we could help to rescue them and also design the top of the gingerbread house.

Week Commencing 24th September 2018

In maths, we answered our key question and worked out which group of objects was the most and which was the least. We also carried on completing our Hansel and Gretel challenges. Have a look to see how we got on with designing the top of our gingerbread houses. We had to draw our designs first and then try to copy them exactly using biscuits, icing and smarties.

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Week Commencing 1st October 2018

In maths, we had a new key question. We had different bags of sweets and we had to work out how many were in two bags at a time. In English, we had a surprise! The fairies and elves visited us again and gave us something mysterious to plant and a story about Jack and the Beanstalk.

Week Commencing 8.10.18

This week, we have been watching our plants very carefully and some of them have started to grow. We think they might be beans just like in our Jack and the beanstalk story!

In maths, we have been working on our adding up skills. We are learning that if we know 3 + 2 = 5 then we also know 2 + 3 = 5 and 5 = 3 + 2 and 5 = 2 + 3. We have also been working hard to learn our number bonds to 10 off by heart. In topic, we have been learning all about the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. We are looking forward to seeing what challenges the fairies and elves send us next.

Week Commencing 15.10.18

We had another visit from the fairies and elves! They sent us a new book called ‘Handa’s Surprise’. We had fun reading the story and trying to work out what the surprise was. In maths, we continued to work on our adding up and taking away skills. In topic, we looked at different types of trees and leaves. We also learned about deciduous and evergreen trees. 

Week Commencing 22.10.18

Half term

Week Commencing 29.10.18

Look how much our beanstalks have grown! They grew so much over half term that we decided to take them home on Monday.

 

In English, we had a go at adapting the Handa's surprise story. We changed the main character and also tried to change what was in the basket and who took each item. This made some rather funny stories! We had a go at writing them down in our English books. In maths, we finished our addition and subtraction cycle and had a go at answering our key question. In topic, we learned about hot and cold countries and the equator. We learned about firework safety and made some computer firework pictures. We also learned that animals can be sorted into different groups: mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. 

Here are the firework pictures that we made. We explored changing the colours and using different paint tools.

Week Commencing 5.11.19

In topic, we learned all about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We also learned about Diwali and had a whole school remembrance event on Friday.

6.11.18 Balliol Fireworks Event

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Here are some photos of our path of poppies that we made on Friday 9th November during our remembrance event.

Week Commencing 12.11.18

In topic and English, we learned about lots of different animals. We thought about animals that had claws, trunks, legs, tusks, tentacles, shells, wings, feathers and lots more. In maths, we worked on our counting skills and also our tens and unit skills. This week we have also explored moving our bodies with the help of a website called go noodle.

Week Commencing 19.11.18

We received another challenge envelope from the fairies and elves. They gave us a new book to read called ‘Dear Father Christmas’. It had lots of letters in it and we decided to learn about this in English. We also had a go at writing our own Christmas acrostic poems. In maths, we used our maths skills to work out if we had enough biscuits for everyone to have one. We worked out that since we had thirty, we actually had three more than we needed. In topic, we made our class advent calendar and also worked on our music skills.

Week Commencing 24.11.18

This week we have been busy practising our Christmas performance. We hope to see lots of you at our performances on Wednesday and Thursday next week. In English, we wrote letters to Santa using our very best handwriting. In maths, we had a new key question. We were asked how tall we were. We have spent this week working on measuring using lots of different equipment. In topic, we made Christmas cards and also made our 2019 calendars. We decided to use the computers to make four seasons pictures.

Week Commencing 3.12.18

We performed our Christmas play to the rest of the school and also to our parents this week. We have all been very busy and have worked very hard! On Friday, some of us went to the school Christmas fayre after school.

Week Commencing 10.12.18

We have been working hard on our maths skills this week. Here are some of the games that we have enjoyed.

Week Commencing 17.12.18

We had lots of fun during our fairy and elf day celebration and we had our Christmas party where we met Father Christmas! We also made paper snowflakes to put on our classroom display board so that it looks all Wintery for when we come back to school after the Christmas holidays. We wonder what we are going to learn about next term.

Week Commencing 3.1.19

Something strange happened at school today. After lunch, we put on safety jackets and went outside. We noticed lots of things and we think that a spaceship might have crashed! We took lots of photos and we collected samples of the materials to use and explore with in our science lessons. 

Week Commencing 7.1.19

We used an iPad app called sculpt+ to help us imagine what the missing aliens might look like. We also used them on our incident reports and we put up posters around the school to ask if anyone else had seen or heard anything suspicious.

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Week Commencing 14.1.19

In English, we read a story called Beegu. It was about a lost little yellow alien with three eyes. We made our own Beegu models out of playdough and we described them using our best handwriting. In maths, we have been working on our taking away and counting backwards. We also worked on knowing that if 3 + 7 = 10 then 7 + 3 = 10 and 10 – 3 = 7 and 10 – 7 = 3. In topic, we learned about different materials and their properties. We also learned all about the five oceans and seven continents and had fun using a world map on an augmented reality app called Quiver. It turned the flat map into the globe.

Week Commencing 21.1.19

In English, we decided to make some space fact cards for our role-play corner this week. We found out so many interesting facts that we then decided to make a class information book all about space. We worked together as a team to do it. In maths, we answered our key question about how many ways can we add and subtract the planets. We also explored more than and less than. In topic, we made a welcome to Earth box to tell any aliens that drop by all about the materials in our classroom and their properties. We also watched a video of the astronaut Tim Peakes in space.

Week Commencing 28.1.19

In maths, we worked on our tens and unit skills. For example, we know that 24 is made out of two tens and four units. We can count it as 10, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. In English, we thought about designing our own planets. We drew them and then wrote some interesting words around the outside of them ready for our writing next week. In topic, we had a go at making our own planets by using papier mache over a balloon and then painting them. We also had a go at making some rocket pictures inspired by the artist Peter Thorpe. On Friday, we enjoyed the snow!

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Week Commencing 4.2.19

In English, we wrote all about the planets that we designed last week. We thought very creatively! In maths, we learned about the more than and less than symbols. We used them to help us compare values and numbers. In topic, we celebrated safer internet day. We learned all about how to stay safe when using technology such as phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. We made a class acceptable use policy, sang songs and even thought about what our equipment would say to us if it could talk. Since e-safety is so important, we made a new section at the top of our class page and put our videos there.

Week Commencing 18.2.19

This week, we had a go at making some moon dough. We found picture instructions inside the crash site suitcase and used them to help us mix some cornflour, shaving foam, glitter and food colouring until it made a dough. In English, we had a go at writing a moon dough recipe, described the moon dough and made adverts to make you want to buy the moon dough. We also had a go at filming our own moon dough TV advert using the iPads. In maths, we worked hard on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to 100 and beyond. We used a hundred square to look at the pattern that was made each time.

Week Commencing 25.2.19

This week, we found a newspaper article about an alien that had been found in a supermarket car park. The article said that if anyone had any information then they should write to Professor Pong. In English, we all had a go at writing letters to tell Professor Pong about the crash site that we had found at school. We are looking forward to seeing if he writes back with a reply. In maths, we started to learn about mass and using balances to compare heavy and light. In topic, we had a think about what astronauts eat when they are in space. We looked at some astronaut fruit and compared it to the fruit that we eat on Earth. We used our senses to explore what was the same and what was different. 

On Friday, we went to the school hall and had a planetarium visit. It was amazing! We sat inside it and we learned all about stars and planets.

Week Commencing 4.3.19

Professor Pong sent us a reply to our letters from last week. With his letter, he sent us the instructions of how to decode the alien language to English. We had a go and it revealed the instructions for how to rebuild the crashed spaceship. We had a go at drawing the ship and writing descriptions of it in our English books. In maths, we explored capacity and volume by working on full and empty. We found out that the tallest things do not always hold the most liquid. In topic, we carried out a science experiment. We made a balloon rocket and found out that the more air that was in the balloon, the further across the classroom the balloon rocket flew.

On Thursday we celebrated world book day with the rest of the school. We had a traditional tales day and focused on the three little pigs. 

Week Commencing 11.3.19

In English, we designed our own alien and wrote stories about them all by ourselves. We then made a class alien storybook to give to Professor Pong for the alien to read and enjoy. In maths, we worked on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. In topic, we explored which liquid would make the best exploding rocket out of water, squash, milk and diet coke. Here are our results:

Week Commencing 18.3.19

In English, we have been working hard to spell our 100 keywords from memory. We have also been working hard on our phonic knowledge and reading skills. In maths, we have been learning how to double numbers up to double 10. In topic, we have been building a spaceship so that our alien friend can use it to fly to its home planet. We had to make sure that it was shiny and silver, had a door bigger than a chair, had one round window, had glow in the dark parts and be taller than a human child.

Week Commencing 25.3.19

This week we made flower baskets to give to our mums to say thank you for everything that they do for us. We also worked on using our phonics to read nonsense words and counted in 2s, 5s and 10s in maths to answer our key question. On Friday, we had a special treat. The alien said that we could have a space themed party to say thank you for building it a spaceship. We also had a concert from Megson.

Week Commencing 1.4.19

We had an exciting start to our week. We received a letter from the alien saying that it had flown home. At the bottom of the letter was a picture of the rocket ship that we had made flying through space! We also had a nice week doing lots of different Easter activities. We had fun making our Easter cards. Here is how they turned out:

Week Commencing 22.4.19

This week we came back to school to a classroom surprise! Over the holidays, Miss Jennings and Miss Rose had come across a message in a bottle floating in the water. It had a note from a little boy called Billy who was asking for help to learn about water and underwater sea creatures. We decided to be kind and help him. In topic, we made some message in a bottle inspired art and learned where the seaside actually was in the united kingdom. In English, we had a story about Winnie the witch and her seaside adventure. In maths, we started to think about what half meant. 

Week Commencing 29.4.19

In English, we read a book called ‘Billy’s Bucket.’ We designed our own bucket and thought about what could be inside. In maths, we started to learn about quarters. In topic, we drew pictures of our favourite sea creatures ready for next week.

Week Commencing 6.5.19

In English, we wrote our own bucket stories based on the book Billy’s bucket. In maths we answered our fractions key question about what half means. In topic, we sewed and embellished our underwater sea creature toys. They look amazing! You will be able to see pictures of these at our class assembly on Wednesday 22nd May. We have also been working hard on our phonics.

Week Commencing 13.5.19

In English, we wrote our own underwater sea creature stories. We thought very creatively. In maths, we learned all about left, right, forwards, backwards, clockwise and anticlockwise. We pretended to be robots that had to follow position and direction instructions. In topic, we learned all about the parts of a fish and the names of different fish.

Week Commencing 20.5.19

This week we learned all about lighthouses. We also worked hard on our phonics. In maths, we looked at place value to 100. We looked at the tens and units in numbers such as 84=80+4, 55=50+5. In topic, we learned about the life cycle of a frog.

Week Commencing 4.6.19

In English we have been thinking about the sea. We thought of words to describe it and wrote these in sentences. We also learned all about Grace Darling and how brave she was. In phonics, we worked hard on our sounds and reading skills ready for our test next week. In maths, we worked on our place value skills. We looked at home many tens and units were in different numbers and how we could compare these numbers to see which were more and which were less. In topic, we made our own lighthouses out of clay. We also made observational sketches of shells using pastels.

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Week Commencing 10.6.19

This week, we had our phonic screen test. We had to read 20 nonsense words and 20 real words. We all tried our best! In topic, we learned all about seaside holidays in the past. We also enjoyed learning about Punch and Judy. In maths, we started to learn about money. We looked at different coins and noticed how it was similar to tens and units. We also finished painting our lighthouses.

Week Commencing 17.6.19

This week, we read a story called 'The Lighthouse keeper's Lunch.' We then thought about what would be in our perfect picnic. In computing, we learned all about coding and algorithms. This even helped us in our English work when we wrote precise instructions of how to make a cheese sandwich. In maths, we worked hard on our money skills. On Friday, we had a whole school art day and made lots of growth mindset artwork to display around the school.

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